Vermont - School nurse availability: Standard

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State law requires full-time school nurses in every school, every day during which students are present.

Code of Vermont Rules 22-000-003-2121.5 Tiered System of Support

Each school shall engage the services of a person licensed as a School Nurse or Associate School Nurse. There shall be no more than 500 students per school nurse. Schools with fewer than 500 students shall employ a nurse on a pro-rata basis.

Code of Vermont Rules 22-000-010-5540-65 School Nurse

1.2 The school nurse develops protocols, training, supervision and evaluation for delegated activities. The school nurse evaluates the health needs of students and the school environment through the prescribed nursing process of Assessment, Diagnosis, Outcome Identification, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (NASN, 2011). The school nurse works to develop and maintain communication within the school, local health agencies and providers. The school nurse incorporates school health services into the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model (CDC, October 2015) and aligns these services with goals with the Local Education Agency's Continuous School Improvement plans. The school nurse cultivates a relationship between the school and the community's health network to coordinate care. The school nurse reports suspected child abuse and/or neglect as required by law.

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